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    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to this forum and also new to dogs. Quite serious about thinking about getting a dog as a friend and companion but at the same time don't want to jump into it without carefully considering all the issues. So I'm hoping to get some advice on what kind of breed would be suitable for myself.

    Off the top of my head I guess I'm wanting a dog who can be kept indoors, doesn't shed much and doesn't have a strong odour. I live by myself and have a decent sized backyard. Also prefer a breed that doesn't need much maintenance and can be a good companion. I am willing to take the dog for daily walks if necessary.

    I've researched a bit on the internet and it seems to point at breeds such as the French Bulldog, Poodle, Beagle, Maltese, Bulldog and some others. The French Bulldog does look like a breed I'd enjoy having the companionship of however from what I've seen, pure breds are quite expensive.

    The main issue holding me back from getting a dog is that I don't want to be unfair to the dog by not being able to give him/her the time it needs. I'll be having classes at university 5 days a week for possibly up to 7 hours a day.
    So I guess the breed will also need to cope well with me not being around during the day.


    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Hi and welcome goolo.
    If you ring your local vets they might be able to put you in touch with local dog clubs / schools where you could meet lots of dogs. Or if there's an animal shelter locally that you could visit. You'll meet lots of different dogs and it might help you get a better idea of the breed you want. Ther's also do you want a puppy or a mature dog, girl or boy. Does it have to be a purebreed or would you consider adopting a x from the local pound/ shelter.
    Not sure that a young pup would be safe or happy being left alone for long periods, stick around there are lots of helpful people here willing to help. Good luck.

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    Have to agree with Emma you sound like an excellent person to take on an older dog.

    Its often with dogs not the quantity but the quality of time depending on the breeds individual needs.

    There are others on the forum in rescue maybe they will have some suggestions for you.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I am no expert on Poodles but I beleive their coat is reasonably high maintenance, as with the Maltese although I feel to a lesser degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goolo View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm new to this forum and also new to dogs. Quite serious about thinking about getting a dog as a friend and companion but at the same time don't want to jump into it without carefully considering all the issues. So I'm hoping to get some advice on what kind of breed would be suitable for myself.

    Off the top of my head I guess I'm wanting a dog who can be kept indoors, doesn't shed much and doesn't have a strong odour. I live by myself and have a decent sized backyard. Also prefer a breed that doesn't need much maintenance and can be a good companion. I am willing to take the dog for daily walks if necessary.

    I've researched a bit on the internet and it seems to point at breeds such as the French Bulldog, Poodle, Beagle, Maltese, Bulldog and some others. The French Bulldog does look like a breed I'd enjoy having the companionship of however from what I've seen, pure breds are quite expensive.

    The main issue holding me back from getting a dog is that I don't want to be unfair to the dog by not being able to give him/her the time it needs. I'll be having classes at university 5 days a week for possibly up to 7 hours a day.
    So I guess the breed will also need to cope well with me not being around during the day.


    Any advice would be much appreciated.

    Thanks!
    Hi and congratulations on being so sensible about getting advise on which breed may suit you and also not jumping in at the deep end.

    After reading what you have written I have to say that I definately don't think a beagle is for you. I have a friend who runs Beagle Rescue and in her words they are the dog version of humans on crack! LMAO!!! Seriously, given your time restraints, probably not the best idea!!

    French Bull dogs and poodles I have little experience with but a Maltese is again probably not the best choice due to yapping and fretting when you are not around. A Maltese X Shutzsu on the other hand could warrant further investigation! You don't have the yapping issue and there are so many available in the shelters atm. Melton Pound in Victoria comes to mind.

    Frenchies are quite expensive and again they are not a breed I am overly familiar with so I would be hard pressed to quote their pitfalls.

    But the bull dog.....English or Aussie could well be the go! Lounge lizzards when you are away and a good friend when home. They do need to be continuely socialised though, so you will need to commit to walking/park daily.

    Another breed you may like to consider for your lifestyle would be a retired racing greyhound. They EXCEL in the lounge lizzard department and again as long as you walk them daily (and steer clear of cats as they generally have a high prey drive) you may find these beautiful beasts could be the dog for you.

    I don't know too much about them myself, other than what I have written here, but I suggest it could be very much worth a phone call to the GAP program in your state (just google for contact details). They can advise you if you are a good fit and whether one is OK on their own or whether you should consider 2 for company for one another while you are at uni. You could also contact (pm) Greys Are Great (a forum member here) as I believe she is connected to the GAP program in NSW.

    Good luck whatever you decide and let me say from a rescue org point of view what a delight it is to deal with someone who has obviously put a great deal of thought to what they want to achive by having a four legged friend, and also by your honesty, the good, the bad and the ugly! Cheers!

    Edit to add: Ring your local council and find out when dog school is!! I often have potential adoptive parents who tell me that because they have had a dog in the past they don't need to go to school. Load of crap in my opinion. School is so benificial in so many ways. Gives the owner confidence, is a fantastic socialiser for the dog and gives the dog the opportunity to really please its owner and dogs love to to do that.
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    I did research the French Bulldog a while ago and they were described by breeders as "the clowns of the dog world".

    Their exercise requirements are not high due to their structure but I still think they are mischievous as puppies. They are priced high because of birth difficulties and availability.

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    I would not consider the poodle in your circumstances. Their coats are high maintenance in the grooming dept. Now you might decide to have a professional groomer take care of that side of things every 4-6 weeks, but I'd still be hesitant for you to choose that breed.

    I do not think a puppy would be suitable at all, but In all honesty that is my personal opinion showing through, rather than fact. I hate seeing puppies being brought into a family that is not home for such a vast amount of time.

    I agree with others above that an older dog sounds just the right recipe for you and your needs. Research breeds, and furthermore, go and personally look at different breeds. You might be surprised what attracts you and what doesn't.

    I also must say that your attitude and thoughtfulness whilst going about considering getting yourself a canine companion is exemplary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shar Pei Rescue Victoria View Post
    French Bull dogs and poodles I have little experience with but a Maltese is again probably not the best choice due to yapping and fretting when you are not around. A Maltese X Shutzsu on the other hand could warrant further investigation! You don't have the yapping issue and there are so many available in the shelters atm. Melton Pound in Victoria comes to mind.

    Frenchies are quite expensive and again they are not a breed I am overly familiar with so I would be hard pressed to quote their pitfalls.

    But the bull dog.....English or Aussie could well be the go! Lounge lizzards when you are away and a good friend when home. They do need to be continuely socialised though, so you will need to commit to walking/park daily.
    Hi Goolo,

    Just to add to SPRV's comments, Maltese x Shih Tzu's are wonderful, I have a 6 month old myself. However, if you want a dog that's relatively low maintenance, I doubt this is the dog for you. I have to comb my girl every day to ensure her coat doesn't start to form knots, as once they're in there, they're bloody hard to get out!

    Some friends of mine have an Aussie Bulldog and he's wonderful - doesn't need too much exercise, super friendly, and an excellent guard dog with a very scary bark lol. Massive appetite though (once when he was a puppy he got into the cupboard and ate an entire new bag of dog food ).

    I know it's not always possible every day, but whichever breed you choose, please try to walk it daily. It not only gives them physical exercise but also much needed mental exercise. Definately look into school as well, it's loads of fun and all dogs need proper socialisation.

    Good luck with your search, and I very much hope you end up with your perfect dog, whatever it may be

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    Sounds like a greyhound!

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    Goolo, you have just described a greyhound! They are inside dogs, don't shed and awful lot, and they don't smell! Depending on which state you are in, they may or may not have to be muzzled when in public.

    There are greyhound rescue groups around, GAP as SPRV mentioned, and I deal with Greyhound Rescue which is in NSW. We try to place as many dogs in foster care as possible so that we can assess them to make sure they go to the right home. I have 3 foster greys at my place atm.

    Umm, not sure if I can post GR's website?

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